Wayne Rooney has been one of the most dazzling characters in English football in recent years. After his successful time in the Premier League and the national team, Rooney has decided to spend some time in the USA, but in 2020 the former national striker will now return home. Not in the first league, but in a lower league – the Championship. But there are some side noises about this change to Derby County. And they also include the gambling giant 32RED.
Top salary financed by 32RED?
In football-mad Great Britain, the return of a national striker like Wayne Rooney can be described as a real sensation. The 33-year-old was active for a long time in the national team of the “Three Lions” and kicked in the Premier League among others for the traditional and successful club Manchester United. After his successful time at home, Rooney decided to change direction and kicked in the USA. In 2020, however, the striker and national hero is to return to Great Britain – to the Derby County club in the Championship. And exactly at this point the whole change takes on a different dynamic.
Derby County just announced a deal with the gambling provider 32RED a few days ago. The latter will act as a jersey sponsor in the coming years and pay a horrendous sum to the football club in return. Another partner of the gambling provider is also the kicker Wayne Rooney, which is why critics are certain that the gambling company must have had its fingers in the game with this transfer. This suspicion is supported by the fact that Rooney media reports apparently for a 18-month contract a salary of well 7.8 million pounds is to collect according to Rooney. That’s about £100,000 a week and five times the average British league salary. So has the gambling provider provided the money for the Rooney bill? Or maybe even given decisive impulses here?
Rooney with shirt number 32: Funny coincidence?
Numerous critical voices are quite convinced that the change is a hungover game with which a former national player should make good business on his back. This critical approach is also literally supported by the fact that the newcomer from 2020 is apparently supposed to run up with the shirt number 32. The critics do not want to see a coincidence here, especially since 32 is not a typical number in football. In addition, it is atypical that the shirt number of a newcomer is announced about one year before its actual arrival. So it seems at least not unlikely that the new sponsor contract of Derby County and 32RED is directly connected to the spectacular Rooney transfer.
How high the waves are that this case is striking can be seen quite easily from the reactions. Recently, for example, the church has joined the debate and criticized Rooney sharply in the form of Bishop Dr. Alan Smith Wayne. Smith is bishop of St. Albans and at the same time the church representative in all matters concerning gambling. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Smith said:
“Wayne Rooney should make a start and stand up for his fans by refusing to wear this jersey. When young footballers see a national hero refusing to defile his own brand and positioning himself morally clearly, this will better protect families now and in the future from the damage gambling can do.”
In addition, Smith explained that Wayne Rooney was not an isolated case. Rather, celebrities and athletes would finally have to realize that they would not be doing their fans and supporters any favors by advertising a gambling provider. Bischoff hopes that Rooney would now use the current outcry in society as an opportunity to drain from such a deal and wearing the jersey . Rooney could start by making decisions in favour of his fans and not in favour of his bank account.
Won action for the gambling giant
What some critics find offensive is the fact that Wayne Rooney himself has already declared in the past that he had certain problems with his gambling behaviour. 2006 the sportsman published his autobiography in which he explained that he had lost large sums in gambling and had tried to recover his losses with even bigger stakes. That Rooney of all people will now become such a central figure in this agreement is therefore questionable by many critics. According to various British media reports the wife of the kicker, Coleen Rooney, also sees a similar situation. According to media reports, she is enormously worried about the partnership and above all worries about her husband. She hopes that the cooperation will not have too strong an effect on her husband, the player’s wife is quoted as saying.
Unless dependent on further development, this whole thing has of course proved to be a success, especially for one person involved. The betting provider 32RED might have increased its popularity once again significantly and probably already before the arrival of Wayne Rooney in Derby County a large number of new customers can show.